Blacktag is our economy line of knives. They are not marked with the Flying Steel logo and are not covered by a maintenance plan. Blacktag items feature the core quality of Flying Steel knives without the impeccable finish and customer support. Blacktag items may include blemishes, inconsistencies, and imperfections.
Minor warp in knife body.
We are known for making the best no-spin throwing knives in the world, and the North Wind and sister knife East Wind are our finest offerings. In the past decade, we have shipped many thousands of North Wind and East Wind knives to over fifteen countries, near and far. As part of continual improvements based on community feedback, this North Wind is Generation 12 – now 0.23″ thick with a petite profile and very compact cross-section. This results in maximum in-flight stability because the mass is closer to the centerline of the knife. Each knife is CNC cut from virgin tool steel plate, heat treated, then hand-ground one at a time. The complete build process is outlined on our technical info page.
Flying Steel started in 2007 as an authorized maker of knives designed by Master Houzan Suzuki and Ralph Thorn. The North Wind was the very first knife that we designed, drawing inspiration from traditional Asian and European knives. The design has been adjusted many times over the years in response to customer feedback and trends in the throwing community. The most extreme design adjustment occurred in 2015, when the knife tip was moved to the centerline and the grind style changed from single-edged to double-edged. This was done to give the knife a near-symmetric profile, which in turn provides optimal in-flight stability and sticking potential.